Wednesday, June 27, 2012

My Journey With ACE - Two Weeks Down!

Yesterday marked the end of my second week on ACE. During these last two weeks, I couldn't be happier with how great it's made me feel. Though my weight loss is much slower compared to some others who take it, I believe I know the reason why now. It seems that limiting my calories to only 1200 is a little bit too low for my body to lose weight.

After speaking to some others who struggled with weight loss, I was directed to this Calorie Counter which gave me a BMR of 1716, a TDEE of 2060 and a daily goal to reach about 1500 calories per day to lose weight. Since I was only eating a maximum of 1200 calories, my body was in fact in starvation mode and trying to hold on to everything instead of letting it go. So, I am modifying my diet a little bit more and getting ready to add some major movement to my lifestyle. (more on that in another post)

However, even though my weight is not disappearing as quickly as some, I am happy with ACE and will continue taking it simply because it makes me feel so great!

I will post weights and measurements at the end of week 3.

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Monday, June 25, 2012

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

My Journey With ACE - Days 8 & 9

Since beginning my journey with ACE 9 days ago, I continue to feel wonderful and sleep great. I do struggle with having no appetite and sometimes find myself going for too long without eating anything to the point of feeling light headed and kinda sick. This is because I normally have reactive hypoglycemia, so I am trying to make it a point to eat small amounts throughout the day. My goal is to eat at least 1200 calories every day, which is a little hard to do when most 'diet' or healthy foods do not contain a lot of calories and I am never hungry.

But, I can't complain at all. Not being hungry and having to work at eating enough calories is not much to complain about considering I am trying to lose weight, eh? I still cannot see any results in the mirror or even in the way my clothes fit, but I am trying to be patient. Losing weight has always been a very hard struggle for me. For some reason, my body just wants to hang on to those pounds and fights me every step of the way.

It is time for me to kick it up a notch and start moving more. I don't lead a very active life because I work from home and am on the computer for up to 10-12 hours every day. Between my own work and the freelance work I do, it is a lot of sitting. I've got to get up and moving a lot more in order to increase the effects of the ACE. I know this is a fact, and so I am going to begin walking at least one mile every day. I'm going to start out slow and work up to two miles a day and then go from there. I now live in an area where walking is possible and I have no excuse for not doing it.

My daughter, who has been taking ACE along with me, has lost two pounds during her first week. I am still staying away from the scale until next Tuesday, when I will do my measurements again and TOM will be gone for another month.

I look at everyone else who is taking ACE and sharing their results and I am torn between jealousy and encouragement, lol. I'm not a very patient person and like to see results right away, but I have to remember that everyone is different and my body will adjust to this new energy and metabolism and eating style in it's own way. Eventually I will be able to see the results that I so look forward to. Till then, I will keep on doing what I know is right and good for my body.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

My Journey With ACE - One Week & Two Inches Down

I'm so glad that I decided to take the plunge and try ACE! As of yesterday, which was my 7th day taking 2 capsules a day, I am down one inch around my hips and one inch around my waist! I did not weigh myself because TOM is here, but a two inch loss in a week is pretty incredible for me and I'm very happy with that!

I continue to feel better than I have in a very long time. I am still able to sleep like a baby and have not had any nights with Restless Leg (Body) Syndrome since beginning ACE. THAT in itself is a miracle. I cannot even begin to tell you what it is like to suffer from that and be plagued by the twitching and 'electrified' feeling when you are trying to sleep every night.

Yesterday I took the children to the park and we had a good time there. I wasn't exhausted when we got back and was able to get right back to work.

If you have never tried ACE, I highly recommend it! For more info you can visit my Facebook Fan Page or leave a comment and I'll get right back to you!  I've got sample available - just $3 shipped for two capsules! You seriously won't regret it!

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Monday, June 18, 2012

My Journey With Ace - Days 5 & 6

Saturday was my fifth day on ACE and I was feeling kind of bad. A little bit light-headed and sick. I was not really expecting that since I had been feeling so good for the last few days since starting ACE. However, I did determine the reason for feeling so horrible.

I had been neglecting going to, where I usually track my calorie intake since starting ACE. So, I decided to head over there and calculate my last few day's worth of nutritional intake. Low and behold, I had not even been reaching 800 calories a day! No wonder I felt so awful! For four days I felt great on that little amount of calories, but by day 5.. not so good.

See, I try to stay away from all refined sugars and most carbohydrates. I am hypoglycemic and they just make me feel awful. However, since I don't have much of an appetite anymore, what I was eating, though high in protein and good for me, did not contain enough calories for a healthy diet.

And so, I have decided to add more carbohydrates to my diet in the form of fruits and grains. This way, though my appetite is still reduced, I will be able to reach at least 1000 - 1200 calories every day. I'm still staying away from refined sugars as much as possible, though. That stuff is just bad.

On Sunday, I took a day off of ACE. Surprisingly enough, I was still not very hungry all day. I ate normally and drank my water as usual. My energy level was fine and I still slept very well. I managed about 1200 calories for the day.

I purchased a new scale since mine is so bi-polar, but will not use it until my TOM is up. TOM always messes with my body, so it's best just to step away from the scale during that time, hehe.

So, almost one week down and going strong! Looking forward to the end of the month to see my results!

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Friday, June 15, 2012

My Journey With ACE - Days 3 & 4

Today is day 4 on ACE and I am feeling great. Yesterday I took my second ACE capsule a little later in the day, around noon and I didn't get that very tired feeling in the early evening like I usually do. I stayed up late watching movies with my DD16 and didn't get to sleep until almost 3am. But, this was not because of the ACE, it was just because my DD and I needed some bonding time. I was still able to get up before 9am without feeling like a truck ran me over, lol.

Even though I was up very late last night, I had no desire to snack. Once I had dinner (chicken and vegetables, no rice) I was full and I didn't need any other food the rest of the night. I'm still trying to get a whole 100 oz. of water in every day, but haven't succeeded yet. Close but no cigar, hehe.

I sneaked a peek at the scale today... Down 5 pounds! I almost think it's a mistake. I want to go buy another scale and make sure that it's right. lol.

Here are some things that I have noticed about myself since I started taking ACE on Tuesday:
  1. I sleep like a baby. This is HUGE for me since I have suffered from Restless Leg (BODY) Syndrome and Insomnia for years and NEVER got a restful sleep. 
  2. I am able to wake up feeling refreshed and ready for the day instead of groggy and feeling like I was run over by a truck during the night.
  3. My appetite is nowhere near what it used to be. I have an Atkins Shake for breakfast, a light lunch and a normal size dinner without seconds or dessert. 
  4. I have no desire for late night snacks. 
  5. My craving for coffee all day long has diminished. I have maybe two cups per day now when it used to be 6-8 cups per day.
  6. I am in a better mood in general. Probably because I've been able to sleep!
  7. I feel much more focused. Again, probably because I have been getting enough rest.
  8. I have a lot more energy. I would start exercising, but I have pulled my stomach muscles wrestling with my DD16 and it hurts too much to think about. 
  9. I am not in as much pain as I normally am. I have spent the last 11 years in pain every day. Some days it is almost impossible to move. Arthritis, injuries, etc. have taken their toll on my body and nothing seems to help, especially when there are storms. I have not been quite as stiff and sore these last few days. 
This is a pretty good list of positives that I've discovered just from taking ACE for 4 days! Pretty awesome, huh? I'm telling ya, if you haven't tried this stuff.. it's great. If you want to, let me know. I've got sample packs or I could take your order for a month's supply. You won't believe the difference in how you feel! 

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

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